Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Workshop Theme: Ocean-Climate Connections
Held at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire
Monday, June 1, 2009 through Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Click on the Images to Learn More About the Scientists Who Attended this Workshop
Hui Feng
Deb Goodwin
Ru Morrison
Joe Salisbury
Annette Schloss
Ocean-Climate Connections Revealed with Educator and Scientist Team-Building

An important yet often untapped resource is the research scientist whose ability to connect concepts, information, and data is "second nature." Funded by the National Science Foundation, this workshop series was designed to promote collaborative learning between educators and scientists (1:3 scientist-educator ratio) in order to create online learning resources that align with National Science Education Standards, as well as Climate and Ocean Literacy Principles.

For this particular event, 12 informal educators were matched with 5 ocean and climate scientists from the University of New Hampshire to improve their collective understanding of Earth's major ocean - climate systems. COSEE-OS staff facilitated interactions between internationally known scientists and educators (working in aquariums, nature centers and for conservation groups) to infuse cutting-edge research topics into educational products such as concept maps that hyperlink to scientist-vetted images, video, news items, and educational resources.

Scientists' topics at this workshop ranged from the influence of watersheds on climate change, an explanation of ocean aerosol models, exploring seasonal changes in the Gulf of Maine, factors influencing ocean acidification, and the idea of observable changes in plants as an indicator for climate change.

Click here for a group photo of our workshop participants.

Workshop materials: Scientist's Packet | Educator's Packet | Facilitator's Packet
LEARN MORE About Concept Maps from this Workshop
Concept map
Workshop contact: Annette deCharon